A seasoned educator with more than 20 years of teaching and leadership experience, Heath Branham was hired as Gilbert Elementary School’s principal in 2017. Prior to his return to Lexington County School District 1, he served as director of academic operations with Advantage beginning in 2013. In that role, he worked with domestic and international partnership schools throughout China and Taiwan.
A servant leader who believes that all children can and must learn, live and lead a life full of rewarding opportunities, Branham began his career as a teacher at Newberry Middle School in 1995, moving to Prosperity-Rikard Elementary School as a fourth grade teacher in 1996. He became assistant principal at Hammond Hill Elementary School in 1998, joined Whitmire Elementary School as principal in 1999, and moved to Prosperity-Rikard Elementary as principal in 2003. During those years, he also worked as an adjunct instructor at Piedmont Technical College and Newberry College.
In 2005, Branham first came to Lexington District One as principal at Saxe Gotha Elementary School. In 2007, he was promoted to the position of director of elementary schools.
In 2009, he joined Edison Learning and the South Carolina Department of Education as South Carolina senior vice president in the School Turnaround program. In 2011, he took on the role of executive director for school improvement and worked with partnership schools, turnaround schools, and dropout centers across the nation.
Branham received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Newberry College and a Master of Education in supervision and administration from Clemson University.
He is a member of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, Learning Forward, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the International Literacy Association.
NB.S. in Elementary Education; Minor in Psychology — Lander University, Greenwood, SC
M.Ed. Elementary Administration and Supervision – Charleston Southern University, SC
Classroom Teacher – 13 years — Grades 1, 5, and 6 – Saluda District 1, Florence District 3
Lead Teacher – 2 years for grades 5 and 6 – Florence District 3
Soar to Success Teacher/Trainer – 1 year – Florence District 3
Reading First Literacy Coach 3 yrs. for Grades K-5 – Florence District 3; J.C. Lynch Elementary
Assistant Principal –- Lexington District 1 – Carolina Springs Elementary (2007-2009)
Assistant Principal – Lexington District 1 – Gilbert Elementary (2009 – present)
Areas of Certification:
Elementary Administration and Supervision
Stacy Beverly started her career in the Charleston area, teaching at Spann Elementary School in Summerville from 1998 to 2004. Beverly was promoted to assistant principal at Thomas Cario Middle School in Mount Pleasant in 2004. After two years at Thomas Cario Middle, Beverly served as assistant principal at Belle Hall Elementary School in Mount Pleasant for three years until 2009. She then taught at Pleasant Hill Elementary School from 2009 to 2012, when she joined Irmo Elementary School in Lexington-Richland School District Five as administrative assistant principal. Beverly has served as the assistant principal at Oak Grove Elementary School since 2016.
Beverly earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from Francis Marion University and Master of Elementary Leadership from The Citadel. She also holds certifications in elementary education, elementary supervision and leadership.